Medication and the Child’s Brain

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Today’s guest is Peter Breggin, MD. Dr. Breggin is a psychiatrist and expert in clinical psychopharmacology.  A former teaching fellow at Harvard Medical School and full-time consultant at the National Institute of Mental Health, he has written dozens of scientific articles and more than twenty books, including Toxic Psychiatry, Talking Back to Prozac, Talking Back to Ritalin and The Ritalin Fact Book.

He’s known as the “conscience of psychiatry” and is one of the world’s foremost experts on psychiatric drugs. He has served as a medical expert in many criminal and civil cases involving these drugs, including product-liability suits against drug manufacturers. Dr. Breggin employs what he calls Empathic Therapy, and he has spoken widely about the importance of love and empathy in the therapeutic process. He maintains a thriving private practice of psychiatry in Ithaca, New York, where he treats adults, children and families.

Links of Interest

Dr. Breggin’s website.

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